Bobbie Weiner is a make-up effects industry veteran and author. Her work appears in films includingTitanic, Pumpkinhead ll, Behind Enemy Lines, Shooter and Dear John and the Broadway showsWicked and Mamma Mia! She introduced her make-up line, Bloody Mary, more than 15 years ago, and her book, I Can Do This, came out in 2011. Weiner supplies the U.S. Department of Defense and funeral homes with her products, which will also be featured in the upcoming season of True Blood.
Anabel Vargas is an award-winning international make-up artist and educator. She works in print, commercials, video production and film. Her work has been featured on MTV, Good Morning America, NBC, Telemundo, TV Land, Access Hollywood and E! Online. Some of the most beautiful faces in the world have benefited from her creative style and technique. With her husband, she owns and operates the Vargas Beauty Arts Academy, the Vargas Photography Studio and Vargas Beauty & Arts Pro Store.
Arielle Toelke has an affinity for the unconventional and is continuously drawn to projects that push the limits of her creativity. Whether it's a full-length feature or a photo shoot, she consistently delivers in terms of professionalism, originality and unique talent.
The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and to those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date. Eight competitors will be selected for each competition. Cash and/or prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners for each competition. To qualify, you must fill out and send us the entry form, along with 8-10 photos of different looks you have done. Photos don't have to represent the make-up you plan to enter in the competition. All entries, photos and artwork become the non-returnable property of Key Publishing Group.
The character/prosthetic competition takes place on Saturday. Competitors will be given prosthetics on the day of competition, which they must incorporate into their designs. The time limit for the character competition is three hours. No outside prosthetics are allowed, only the ones supplied by IMATS. Our 2015 character/prosthetic theme is Age Make-up Challenge.
The beauty/fantasy competition takes place on Sunday, and the time limit is two hours. Our 2015 beauty/fantasy theme is Historical Beauty Trends.
Bethany Serpico initially planned to be a video-game designer, but when she began sculpting creatures featured in her games, she found a new artistic outlet. Anatomy, nature and gore all influence her designs. After graduating from Makeup Designory, she began her freelance business with work on haunted houses. Since then she has done Live with Kelly and Michael, National Geographic Brain Games and Nightmare: New York. She was a contestant on Face Off Season Six.
Chloe Sens is a special make-up effects artist and sculptor based in Los Angeles. After relocating from Austin, Texas in 2011, Sens won a scholarship to Cinema Makeup School. After completing school she worked for Jordu Schell, Rick Lazzarini, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Vevo, Myspace, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Kryolan, Iwata Medea and Bdellium Tools. She has won several awards and her work has appeared in Make-Up Artist. She was a Face Off Season Six contestant.
Courtney Tichman is the global brand manager and lead make-up artist for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. She has been cultivating her craft for more than 16 years. With more than 13 years of fashion-show experience, she has traveled all over the world supporting some of the world’s most influential designers.
Native New Yorker Dani Fonseca brings more than 15 years of extensive knowledge and experience from the fine art, theater and fashion industries to her business. She has also taught thousands of beginning and professional make-up artists worldwide as a guest instructor at the Make Up For Ever Academy New York and Hong Kong, the Academy of Freelance Makeup, The School of Makeup Art, Complexions and The School of Professional Makeup.
Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of MAKE UP FOR EVER. In the 1980s, there were very few products available to professional make-up artists; with the help of her husband, she launched MAKE UP FOR EVER in 1984. She created a MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy in 2002. With the brand in more than 52 countries, it’s easy to see how her mission to create high-quality make-up for professionals and everyday women has succeeded.
David Martí and Montse Ribé, of the Barcelona-based make-up effects shop DDT Efectos Especiales, won a 2007 Achievement in Makeup Oscar for their work on Pan’s Labyrinth. The pair has also worked on Mama, Biutiful, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, The Orphanage and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Originally from Paris, France, Floriane David serves as a lead educator for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York. In this role, she is responsible for developing curriculum and sharing her expertise and techniques for all facets of the make-up industry. David initially studied under the brand’s creator and artistic director, Dany Sanz. Throughout the years, David has taught in London, Dubai, Lebanon, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Korea and Austria.
Joe Nazzaro is a New Jersey/London-based freelancer who’s been writing for Make-Up Artist magazine since Issue 26. He’s written for more than 40 magazines in a dozen different countries, including Starlog, Fangoria, Sci-Fi Now, SFX, Monsterpalooza, Film Review and Famous Monsters of Filmland, to name a few. Nazzaro has been writing extensively about make-up and make-up effects for more than two decades, including books on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Farscape.
From retail to the runway, Kanesha Perry has been beautifying clients for more than 18 years. She truly believes in beauty from the inside out, whether it be celebrity clients, editorial, fashion- week shows or helping the everyday client find the perfect hues. Perry believes that personal divinity radiates from within us all.
Leigh Sikorski is passionate about accelerating the careers of exceptionally talented creative artists. After more than 10 years working with top photographers in high fashion and advertising, she took over the director position of Kate Ryan Inc.’s Hair, Make-up, and Styling divisions. Currently leading the careers of more than 20 artists, Sikorski’s group serves a great mix of fashion and commercial clients. In addition to the talent, she enjoys the benefits of being affiliated with the Kate Ryan Inc. Photography division, which reps some of the top beauty and lifestyle photographers in the business.
Milagros Cerdeira has done make-up design for Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Sister Act. She has worked on Broadway and in opera for more than 18 years, on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Into the Woods, Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, Tango Argentino, Little Me, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Life and Death of Marina Abromovic, Anna Nicole and White Raven.
Nicky Posley has more than 10 years of make-up artistry experience. Posley’s work has been featured in Elle, Today’s Bride and Intersection and on the runway for designers such as Max Azria, Calvin Klein and Imitation of Christ. As an active artist, he is also on set for editorial, music video and television shows.
Nix Herrera started body painting in Orlando, Fla. at age 19. His love of competition drove him to become an award-winning artist. After 15 years, his dedication led him to Syfy’s show Naked Vegas. His expertise was essential to the team's success. He also competed on Syfy's Face Off. Herrera's portfolio includes work with Playboy, Rolling Stone, the JabbaWockeeZ, Penn and Teller, Nokia, Universal Studios, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Cirque USA and many more.
Pachi Cosmetics was created by Patricia Bencosme. The line has a Latin touch; it was designed for women all over the world who want to have fun and feel sexy with extraordinary make-up. The fabulous, high-quality products are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, allergy-tested and non-comedogenic. Pachi Cosmetics also features an unbelievable color selection. Our slogan is, “It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s make-up.”
Renelyn Monteloyola, of Makeup by Ren Ren, created her beauty blog/YouTube channel in 2007 to fill a gap in the beauty industry and cater to women of all ethnicities, ages and walks of life. Her social-media presence has garnered millions of views; she has partnered with major cosmetic companies for reviews/campaigns and reader events. In 2009, she launched a successful freelance make-up enterprise, Urban Pretty, which provides make-up services and education.
Robin Mathews was department head on Dallas Buyers Club, for which she received an Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar and a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for Best Period and/or Character Make-Up. She also worked on Wild, Into the Wild, theTwilight films New Moon and Eclipse, The Runaways (after which she was offered a Make Up For Ever contract), Oz The Great and Powerful, Django Unchained, The Voice and more. She has been the personal make-up artist for Reese Witherspoon, Melissa Leo, Kristen Stewart and Forest Whitaker, among others.
Sherri Laurence has been doing make-up for 15 years for a wide range of media, including film, television, red carpet, commercials and print. She is currently make-up department head on Blue Bloods; other projects have included Country Strong, Life on Mars and The Normal Heart. Laurence has worked with some of the industry’s top celebrities, directors, producers and studios.
Stephanie Crespo studied beauty and effects make-up at the Make-up Designory in New York. She has worked with M.A.C. for several years; she is now the lead make-up artist and creative marketing manager for Pachi Cosmetics brands/promotions. Crespo has worked with Jerseylicious, Telemundo, Univision, the Cárdenas Marketing Network, Neutrogena, Mercedes-Benz and fashion designer Viktor Luna. Her work has been featured on UpTempo Magazine, Blake magazine, Social the Lifestyle Magazine and Raine magazine.
Writer, director and make-up artist Tate Steinsiek established Ill Willed Productions in 2001 to provide special effects make-up, prosthetic application and fabrication to the film and television industry. Clients include The Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, MTV, Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, the History Channel, Discovery, HBO and others. His work has appeared in Make-Up Artist magazine, Fangoria, Rue Morgue and Variety. He is a two-time Face Off contestant and works frequently with filmmaker Clive Barker.
Valerie Gladstone is a journeyman hairstylist and former president of IATSE Local 798. Her film credits include For Colored Girls, Black Swan and The Great Debaters. Her Broadway credits includeBeauty and the Beast, The Seagull and Thurgood. Last year she was the third on CBS’s Blue Bloods.
Award-winning body painter and photographer Vargas has taught at technical schools and seminars worldwide. His work has appeared in international galleries, the Capitol Rotunda and runway fashion shows, and on Good Morning America, MTV and Telemundo. Clients have included Marc Anthony, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. His latest work includes the World Cup Calendar 2014 and the Naked Vegas promo reel. With his wife, Anabel, he runs New Jersey’s Vargas Beauty Arts Academy.